The Android's Dream

The Android's Dream

Book - 2006
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A human diplomat kills his alien counterpart. Earth is on the verge of war with a vastly superior alien race. A lone man races against time and a host of enemies to find the one object that can save our planet and our people from alien enslavement...
A sheep.
That's right, a sheep. And if you think that's the most surprising thing about this book, wait until you read Chapter One. Welcome to "The Android's Dream.
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For Harry Creek, it's quickly becoming a nightmare. All he wants is to do his uncomplicated mid-level diplomatic job with Earth's State Department. But his past training and skills get him tapped to save the planet--and to protect pet store owner Robin Baker, whose own past holds the key to the whereabouts of that lost sheep. Doing both will take him from lava-strewn battlefields to alien halls of power. All in a day's work. Maybe it's time for a raise.
Throw in two-timing freelance mercenaries, political lobbyists with megalomaniac tendencies, aliens on a religious quest, and an artificial intelligence with unusual backstory, and you've got more than just your usual science fiction adventure story. You've got "The Android's Dream."
Publisher: New York : Tor, 2006
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780765309419
0765309416
Branch Call Number: SCIENCE FICTION Scalzi
SF SCALZI
Characteristics: 396 p. ; 22 cm

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To avoid an interstellar incident, ex-cop and hacker Harry Creek searches for a rare type of sheep to be used in an alien race's coronation ceremony, following a trail that leads to pet store owner Robin Baker, whose genes contain traces of the sheep DNA.


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dc_gerard
Aug 14, 2017

I was worried after reading the first chapter, but then it starts reading like a regular Scalzi book. Though my least favorite of the Scalzi books I have read, it was still enjoyable and worthwhile.

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mammothhawk229e
Aug 08, 2017

Loved the satire of galactic diplomacy on sheep that somehow evolved into a humanoid thanks to breaking several rules & morals.
More over Keith Laumer!

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adam1999
Sep 26, 2015

I read this a while ago but it still stands out as one of the most enjoyable books in a long time. John Scalzi pulls off a mix of space opera and comedy which works well. I also found the grand finale quite satisfying - talk about long-term planning that really pays off!

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Nix696
Sep 19, 2013

A great sci-fi laugh.

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siharris
Jul 08, 2013

Entertaining and witty little sci-fi romp. In fact I think I enjoyed this more than "Old Man's War" which seems to be on everyone's sci-fi must read. Kudos also for the PKD homage.

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